Top House transport Dem distances himself from Obama

Top House transport Dem distances himself from Obama

The top ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is distancing himself from President Obama as he runs for reelection.

Rep. Nick RahallNick RahallWest Virginia is no longer Clinton country Solution needed: Rail congestion is stifling economic growth Lobbying World MORE (D-W. Va.), who has long been the highest ranking Democrat on transportation issues, is facing a tough race in a state where Obama has been unpopular for much of his tenure in office.

Rahall told The Hill on Wednesday that he agreed with former President George W. Bush more often than he has sided with Obama.

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“I probably have supported George Bush more than I have Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTillerson buys .6M home blocks from Obamas, Ivanka Trump: report Trump: We will clean up the budget Spicer: Town hall demonstrations include 'professional' protesters MORE,” Rahall said. “Am I going to switch parties because of that? No. I’m a Democrat, born a Democrat, am a Democrat and will die a Democrat.”

The Hill’s Russell Berman has more on Rahall’s reelection challenges on the Ballot Box blog.